People ROBBED of their Oscars

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Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry...
“ 1991 - Cape Fear (Supporting)
WINNER: Mercedes Ruehl - The Fisher King

Although Ruehl was hilarious in TFK, Lewis' acting in the infamous 'gymnasium' scene in Cape Fear was probably better than all of Ruehl's put together. ” - antesdespues
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ 1998 - American History X (Leading)
WINNER: Roberto Benigni - Life is Beautiful

Lets face it, we all shed a tear while watching 'Life is Beautiful', but Norton's underrated role as a skinhead neo-Nazi is one of the most astonishing performances ever. ” - antesdespues
Chloë Sevigny
Known in the mid to late nineties for her status as a fashion impresario and "it girl," with over a dozen art house films to her credit, Chloe Sevigny also stands out as one of the most prominent queens of contemporary independent cinema. Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Sevigny attributes...
“ 1999 - Boys Don't Cry (Supporting)
WINNER: Angelina Jolie - Girl, Interrupted

Sevigny's heartfelt performance as a girl, unbeknownst to her, dating a transgender Hilary Swank brought truth and feeling to quite a 'simple' role. Whereas Jolie's role as a foul-mouthed mental patient was good, but not amazing. ” - antesdespues
“ 1996 - Fargo (Supporting)
WINNER: Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Jerry Maguire

Gooding, Jr.'s hilarious role in Jerry Maguire landed him Oscar gold, but it was Macy's darkly humorous performance in the Coen brother-directed 'Fargo', which brought him fame, internation acclaim, and an Oscar snub. ” - antesdespues
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ 2000 - Requiem for a Dream (Leading)
WINNER: Julia Roberts - Erin Brokovich

Watch 'Erin Brokovich', then watch 'Requiem for a Dream'. The true winner is very clear. ” - antesdespues
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ 2001 - A Beautiful Mind (Leading)
WINNER: Denzel Washington - Training Day

Crowe's heartfelt role as schizophrenic mathematician John Nash won him the BAFTA, Critic's Choice, Golden Globe, PFCSA, Dallas-Fort and SAG Award. But, the Academy gave Denzel Washington his second win as a corrupt L.A. cop. ” - antesdespues
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ 1988 - Working Girl (Supporting)
WINNER: Geena Davis - The Accidental Tourist

Sigourney Weaver is no stranger to playing the 'ice woman', and here she played exactly that.. pitch-perfectly, as Melanie Griffith's manipulative and bitchy boss in Mike Nichols' acclaimed dramedy. Although Geena Davis' Academy Award-winning role was good, it was forgettable. ” - antesdespues
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ 1993 - Schindler's List (Supporting)
WINNER: Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive

Fiennes' performance as Amon Göth is one of the scariest ever, and showed the truthful brutality and evilness of WWII. ” - antesdespues
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ 1995 - Boogie Nights (Supporting)
WINNER: Kim Basinger - L.A. Confidential

Moore played motherly porn star Amber Waves in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights', a risky role to take on. But, of course, she nailed it. Basinger's win for 'L.A. Confidential' was more praise for the movie, rather than her performance itself which was extremely average. ” - antesdespues
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ 2002 - Far From Heaven (Leading)
WINNER: Nicole Kidman - The Hours

After winning 20 non-Oscar leading actress awards, including the Volpi Cup and Critic's Choice award, as well as being nominated twice in the same year (for her supporting role in The Hours), Moore's fourth Oscar nod was bound to be her first win. Evidently not... ” - antesdespues
Brad Dourif
Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ 1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Supporting)
WINNER: George Burns - The Sunshine Boys

After winning the BAFTA and Golden Globe for his performance as a mentally unstable stuttering 'institute' patient under the wrath of the beady eyed Nurse Ratched, Brad Dourif was the shoo-in. 80-year-old George Burns went on to win in a lighter role as a retiring comedian. ” - antesdespues
Actress, Mask
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average...
“ 1983 - Silkwood (Supporting)
WINNER: Linda Hunt - The Year of Living Dangerously

Cher's performance as a lesbian with an unrequited love for Meryl Streep's Karen Silkwood in Mike Nichols' true-life drama about a whistleblower was phenomenal. Not only did it raise her star status, it also showed the world she could act just as well as she could sing (if not better!). ” - antesdespues
Clive Owen
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting soul but forceful will...
“ 2004 - Closer (Supporting)
WINNER: Morgan Freeman - Million Dollar Baby

Finally, Morgan Freeman has won the Oscar! Unfortunately, his only Oscar win was more because it was 'his time to win' (this also occured with Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, James Coburn). The major shoo-in this year was Clive Owen who gave an amazing performance alongside the likes of Natalie Portman – also nominated –, Jude Law and Julia Roberts. ” - antesdespues
Sally Kirkland
Actress, JFK
Sally Kirkland, BEST Actress Oscar Nominee, Golden Globe winner, Independent Spirit Award winner and veteran of over 200 films. Feisty, hard-working, famously liberal, with the trademark blonde hair, actress Sally Kirkland has certainly made an indelible mark on Hollywood history. Born in New York City...
“ 1987 - Anna (Leading)
WINNER: Cher - Moonstruck

Nowadays, most people won't have even heard of Sally Kirkland, let-alone know that in 1988, she won the Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, a large indicator towards Oscar glory, for 'Anna'. She played a Czech actress living in New York City based on real life Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska's life. Although she was nominated, Cher won as a sort of 'apology' for not winning for her role in 'Silkwood'. ” - antesdespues
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ 1979 - Apocolypse Now (Supporting)
WINNER: Melvyn Douglas - Being There

Nominated alongside then 8-year-old Justin Henry, Duvall's role as loving but quirky surfing fanatic Lieutenant Colonel William "Bill" Kilgore won him the Golden Globe and BAFTA, and the only acting nomination for 'Apocolypse Now'. ” - antesdespues
Teri Garr
Teri Garr can claim a career in show business by birthright. She was born in Lakewood, Ohio, the daughter of Eddie Garr (born Edward Leo Gonnoud), a Broadway stage and film actor, and Phyllis Garr (née Emma Schmotzer), a dancer. Her maternal grandparents were Austrian, and her father was of Irish descent...
“ 1982 - Tootsie (Supporting)
WINNER: Jessica Lange - Tootsie

With not much screen time, but enough to dazzle you, Garr played the hilarious, strong-willed girlfriend of a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman, but lost to her co-star. ” - antesdespues
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ 1999 - Magnolia (Supporting)
WINNER: Michael Caine - The Cider House Rules

Highly underrated modern-day epic 'Magnolia' featured an all-star cast including Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jason Robards and William H. Macy. Cruise starred as the mysoginistic pill-popping Frank Mackey, who hates his dying father and stressed step-mother, in the search for happiness, forgiveness and meaning while San Fernando Valley's sky rains frogs... Michael Caine won his second supporting win for the feel-good drama 'The Cider House Rules'. ” - antesdespues
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ 1981 - The French Lieutenant's Women (Leading)
WINNER: Katherine Hepburn - On Golden Pond

Katherine Hepburn won her fourth and final Oscar for her role as half of a sweet ageing married couple, along with Henry Fonda. Whereas Streep earned her first Leading role nomination for portraying a troubled woman in the midst of an affair, winning her a BAFTA and Golden Globe. ” - antesdespues
James Caan
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred. He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan...
“ 1972 - The Godfather (Supporting)
WINNER: Joel Grey - Cabaret

One of 3 nominees for the same film in the Supporting Actor category, James Caan's role as a short-tempered, foul-mouthed Mafia hardman garnered him critical acclaim. Caan played a strong-willed Italian, when in real life he is Jewish. ” - antesdespues
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ 1997 - Mrs Brown (Leading)
WINNER: Helen Hunt - As Good As It Gets

Helen Hunt's fairly surprising win as a waitress having to deal with Jack Nicholson's OCD won her an Academy Award over Judi Dench's moving portrayal of Queen Victoria, who has a secret affair with a Scottish servant. Two years later, Dench won for 6 minutes of screen time as another English queen (Elizabeth I) in 'Shakespeare in Love', beating out critic's favourite Lynn Redgrave. ” - antesdespues
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico; he was also nominated for The Godfather: Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and ...And ...and justice for all. and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman. For his performances in The Godfather...
“ 1972 - The Godfather (Supporting)
WINNER: Joel Grey - Cabaret

Suave and slick Al Pacino portrayed Michael Corleone, who transformed from anti-Mafia army general to smooth-talking Don. He lost out to Joel Grey in a happier, more upbeat role in 8 time Academy Award winner 'Cabaret'. ” - antesdespues